Our Man in Charleston

  • by Christopher Dickey
  • Narrated by Antony Ferguson
  • 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The unlikely man at the roiling center of this intrigue was Robert Bunch, an American-born Englishman who had maneuvered his way to the position of British consul in Charleston, South Carolina, and grew to loathe slavery and the righteousness of its practitioners. Bunch used his unique perch and boundless ambition to become a key player, sending reams of dispatches to the home government and eventually becoming the Crown's best secret source on the Confederacy. But doing so required living a double life. To his Charleston neighbors, Bunch was increasingly a pillar of Southern society. But to the British government, he was a strident abolitionist, eviscerating Southern dissembling on plans regarding the slave trade.
Our Man in Charleston is a masterfully told story of an unknown crusader. Award-winning author Christopher Dickey locates Consul Bunch as the key figure among Englishmen in America. Determined to ensure the triumph of morality in the inevitable march to civil war, he helped determine the fate of a nation. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, Our Man in Charleston also captures a decisive moment in Anglo-American history: the pitched battle between those who wished to reopen the floodgates of bondage and misery and those who wished to dam the tide forever.


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cavaliers to tories to confederates / 0 for 3

? did you grow up in the old, old part of the south
? were civil war stories handed down to you by your elders
? would a true insider's view of the confederacy intrigue you

if so, then the story of charleston's mr. robert bunch might interest you
dickey sourced the journals of this midlevel british diplomat in south carolina
the confederates saw mr. bunch as an ally, his journals tell a very different story

as a person, mr. bunch was a relentless social climber and a bit of a parasite
it's his well documented insights into the confederacy, that made him interesting
the south convinced itself that england had solid incentives to be their ally

the truth was, that britian could find other sources for needed raw materials
they saw american southerners as provincial, inept and doomed to failure
slavery had ended in the british empire 30 years prior; they didn't want a repeat

america's southern planters had a talent for being on the wrong side of history
britian's government understood this and saw no need to back a losing cause
from cavaliers to tories to confederates, adds up to an 0 for 3 batting average

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- Raleigh

One of the most interesting book I have read

What did you love best about Our Man in Charleston?

A quite different perspective on American history

What was one of the most memorable moments of Our Man in Charleston?

An understanding of a British view of the American south before the Civil War

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Truly horrendous descriptions of slave ships; one can hardly fathom the misery

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- Nancy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-21-2015
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books